Tuesday, January 22, 2013
There are at least a hundred different ways I can make each day of my life better. Out of respect for your time, I certainly won't list a hundred or more things, but a few come to mind:
*Getting up before anyone else in my family, to have a little time to ease into the day.
*Making sure the dog, and I, get a walk.
*Taking the 30 to 40 minutes to put my 9yo son to bed-making sure he brushes his teeth, etc., reading a Beverly Cleary book with him, saying a prayer, tucking him in, reminding him how much he is loved. This bedtime ritual won't last for too much longer so I need to savor this "sweet little boy" time.
*Making my bed, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, doing laundry, tidying up, etc. in a timely manner. Messiness is not my friend and it does not disappear if it is ignored.
*Touching base with loved ones even if it is just a quick text or phone call.
*Cooking at least one meal, maybe two (but not three - I am not a restaurant)
*Greeting my husband when he comes home from work, so he knows we are glad he is home.
*Acknowledging my mistakes quickly, especially when I have inadvertently hurt someone.
*Going to bed before I am too tired. If I let myself get too tired, I go to bed feeling anxious. I have my own little going-to-bed routine because, as a long time sufferer of insomnia, it is important that I look forward to going to bed, rather than dread the battle to sleep.
*Check my e-mails, answer texts, and spend time on Spark (of course).
You may notice I have not focused on food, weight, or exercise. I am, quite honestly, burned out on that front. Food and fat, cravings and compulsions, get an inordinate amount of my mental energy. Not only that, but especially in January, I feel like every other commercial, every magazine, everywhere I look, another diet is being touted, another reminder that "fat is failure" is being shoved in my face. I have been fat for awhile. I won't be non-fat anytime soon. I am not putting off a more pleasant daily life because I am not a pleasant weight.
So, Sparklers, what are some of the things you do that make your days more pleasant, and run more smoothly?